AI: the future is here – adapt and embrace or move aside – Wellington – 11 October 2018

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What

AI: the future is here – adapt and embrace or move aside

Panel discussion about the implications of artificial intelligence for New Zealand organisations.

Panel member bios

Will Browne has been developing artificial intelligence algorithms to learn through their experiences for 24 years in the UK and New Zealand. This includes disembodied tasks, such as data mining, and embodied systems, such as robot navigation. His passion is developing artificial cognitive systems that perceive, represent, reason, learn and act in their problem domain. How these agents can learn from small problems and apply their learnt knowledge to larger-scale and related problems is particularly fascinating. He has presented invited talks on advanced machine learning in MIT, Boston and Microsoft Research, Seattle as well as on machine consciousness in Nokia, Europe. Will is a co-leader of a national science challenge developing intelligent robots for the workplace.
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Neil Dodgson was, for twenty years, head of the Graphics & Interaction Research Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. In 2016, he returned to New Zealand to be Programme Director of Victoria’s Computer Graphics Programme and to bring skills that complemented the already strong computer graphics research group in Victoria’s School of Engineering & Computer Science. He chairs Victoria’s pan-university Digital Futures research theme, which considers how technology will affect society in all its aspects.
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Akash Jattan has more than 10 years’ experience in leadership, technology and portfolio management in Cloud and Big Data. Taking multiple products from conception to delivery with five products currently in market. He built Australia’s first security focused ‘Big Data Platform as a Service’ product in Telstra. In Qrious as Head of Products/platforms, he successfully implemented the ingestion of 3BN events per day from Sparks mobile networks into a big data stack to service people movement insights and launched a Hadoop-as-a-service product to market. Currently works for Revera helping leverage Big Data technology and helping customers understand and adopt big data solutions in the cloud. He is passionate about technology and product management by delivery value through data.
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Torrance Mayberry is an Information Technology, science and data engineering professional with more than 20 years of experience. He has developed enterprise software for Business Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Enterprise Resource Planning for PeopleSoft and Informatica Corporation in Silicon Valley. He has developed software with firms like Dynamic Research Corporation, Metis Associates and Annie E Casey Foundation. He has run business intelligence and data warehouse units at InterContinental Hotels Group, General Electric, Westpac Bank New Zealand Limited, and led the data engineering and data scientist pursuits at start-up Antuit, a Goldman Sachs portfolio company. More recently, he has been Data and AI Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft innovating and driving solutions with partners to generate repeatable customer value and profitability.
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Moderator bio:

Abinesh is currently the Client Strategy Director at leading technology talent recruitment firm Potentia Limited, following a successful stint as the Commercial Manager at Health Benefits Limited where he was the Lead Negotiator for the National Infrastructure Platform Programme. This strategic initiative drew upon Abinesh’s significant knowledge, experience and network across the technology domain and the health sector gained through over seven years of senior leadership tenure at healthAlliance (a shared services organisation serving the four northern region District Health Boards’s and one of the largest ICT operations in the country).

When and Where

Rutherford House
23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Schedule:

5:30 – 6:00 networking, drinks and nibbles
6:00 – 7:00 panel
7:00 – 7:30 networking, drinks and nibbles

How Much

Free

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Meetup event.

IT Conversations Meetup.

Sponsors: Potentia Limited (http://potentia.co.nz) and Victoria Business School (https://www.victoria.ac.nz/vbs)

Infrastructure at an Emerging Company – Auckland – 8 October 2018

DevOps Auckland

What

Our presenter is Thomas Yang – Software Developer at AskNicely, and a bit of a server wrangler at work and for play.

He will share with us “Infrastructure at an Emerging Company”: A talk about how we have our Infrastructure set up at AskNicely, and the lessons and experiences from the perspective of someone new to DevOps.

** Please note the new venue and this meetup runs on the later schedule **

Doors will open at 17:30, and the presentation will run from 18:00 to 19:00, and we’ll leave at 19:30.

Catalyst IT have kindly offered us the use of their training space in the heart of downtown. Come to 2 Commerce Street, and someone will help you unlock the door and come up the lift.

Please observe our code of conduct (https://www.meetup.com/DevOps-Auckland/pages/Code_of_Conduct/) while participating in the group.

When and Where

8 October 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Catalyst IT
Level 4, 2 Commerce Street,Auckland

How Much

Free.

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Meetup event.

DevOps Auckland Meetup Group.

Scifi Quiz + Venom the Movie – Wellington – 7 October 2018

What

The scif-quiz followed by the Marvel Movie Venom starring Tom Hardy (Tom Hardy is awesome at dark characters!).

Tickets are up – please buy your own ticket in row F. Work your way out from the middle seats to sit with us.

Quiz: 4:30pm at The Tasting Room
Movie: 6:00pm at The Embassy

You can do just the quiz, just the movie or both.

Meetup Group: Improbable & Impossible – Sci-Fi & Fantasy

A book, movie and social club. Every member is given event management rights. You see something you think other members will be interested in, create an event.

We have a regular meeting once a month to chat, plan, swap books etc.

When and Where

Sunday, October 7, 2018
4:30pm to 8:30pm

Quiz at 4:30pm
The Tasting Room
Cnr Courtney Place & Cambridge Terrace
Wellington

Movie at 6pm
The Embassy Theatre
10 Kent Terrace,
Mount Victoria,
Wellington

How Much

Standard Movie prices – Approx $20

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Meetup page for the event
Improbable & Impossible – Sci-Fi & Fantasy Group

Behind the scenes: Conservation Tour at Auckland Art Gallery – Auckland – 10 October 2018

What

Join us for a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Gallery and visit the painting and paper conservation studios. More than just a tour you will meet the conservators and see some of their current projects.

This event is part of Artweek Auckland, an annual, week-long festival celebrating the visual arts of Auckland.

There are 24 tickets available per session.

When and Where

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets,
CBD, Auckland

Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:30am – 12pm
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 1pm – 2:30pm

How Much

Art Gallery members $33
Non-members $40

More

Conservation Tour Eventfinda page

TEDxAuckland – Auckland – 13 October 2018

What

In 2018, TEDxAuckland’s annual festival of ideas is returning. This year will see speakers from New Zealand and around the globe come together for a day of inspiration and connection in the heart of Auckland City.

The theme for this year’s event is Off-Piste:
– Venturing into uncharted territory.
– Going where no one has gone before.
– Exploring new and innovative ideas.

TEDxAuckland have been working hard for our like-minded community, to create a mind opening experience, celebrating new and unique ideas, local producers, and our city of Auckland.

When and Where

9am – 6pm
Saturday 13 October 2018

Shed 10,
Queens Wharf, 89 Quay St
Auckland CBD

How Much

$199 – $239 – cheaper tickets selling out first

More

TEDXAuckland Website

 

Backporting to the Future, Surfacing Composition, Lightning Talks – Auckland – 26 September 2018

Auckland C++ Meetup logo

What

This month we have two mini-talks previewing content to be presented at Pacific++ next month and a continuation of lightning talks left over from last month if time permits.

## “Backporting to the Future” – Andrew Paxie

Andrew will give a very draft version of the presentation he plans to give at Pacific++ next month. You will hear why he added C++11 support to Trompeloeil, a mocking framework that is top-to-bottom a C++14 library. After a brief introduction of its top-level features, Andrew will highlight the techniques he used to provide equivalent functionality in C++11. Compromises, limitations, and open issues will be discussed.

## “Surfacing Composition” – Toby Allsopp

Toby will also give an early version of part of his Pacific++ talk. He will talk about composition in software in general and C++ in particular

## “Lightning Talks”

If time permits:

* “Your C++ build system in 2020” – Nick Sarten
* “Naming Things” – Richard Maxwell
* “Finding stuff with the SQL…” – Paul Leslie

When and Where

26 September 2018
6pm – 8pm

WhereScape
12-16 Tapora Street, Quay Park, Auckland

## Rough Agenda

18:00 Arrive
18:15 Backporting to the Future
18:45 Lightning Talks
19:00 Pizza
19:15 Surfacing Composition
19:45 Lightning Talks

How Much

Free

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Meetup event

Meetings are held approximately monthly and run under the Berlin Code of Conduct (http://berlincodeofconduct.org/).

Sharing, opening, and using data … Creative Commons licenses 101 – Christchurch – 27 September 2018

Come In. We're OPEN.

What

Are you:
• Confused about what ‘open’ means
• Ready to open your data but need to know more about copyright
• Wanting to use someone else’s data?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, sign up for our entertaining and educational Meetup where Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons CE Mandy Henk will break it all down for you.

Mandy will take you through the ins and outs of the Creative Commons licenses – what they do, how they work, and how you can use them to move your business forward.

She’ll talk you through the six Creative Commons licences, explain why you might want to openly license your data, and how to find and use openly licensed material.

There’ll also be networking over light snacks and drinks.

Open Data in NZ Meetups are for sharing the passion and success around the release of open data with like-minded people. These Meetups will consist of sharing innovative ideas and information, success stories and an open forum to discuss hot topics happening within your region and the wider global community.

When and Where

Greenhouse
146a Lichfield St
Christchurch

6pm – 7:30pm
Thursday 27 September 2018

How Much

Free

More

Meetup page and Signup for this event
Christchurch Open Data Meetup Group

 

PHP Doctrine: from skeptic to convert – Wellington – 24 September 2018

What

“Doctrine: from skeptic to convert” by Eric Jacolin

Michael Coleman’s 5min paddle will be about “zsnips – text snippets for your command line”.

Please note that we have moved our meetups to BizDojo Market Lane and this meetup is on the last Monday (not Tuesday) of the month!

The Wellington PHP UserGroup provides a safe community and opportunity to meet smart, fun, and diverse people on the last Tuesday of every month. Attendance is free, caters to all skill levels and is open to anyone with an interest in web development and emergent and Open Source technologies. Whilst PHP is an extremely popular scripting language we regularly invite guest speakers from front end communities, accessibility and legal experts, as well as alternative and complementary .

When and Where

BizDojo Market Lane
3 Market Lane
Wellington

6pm – 8pm
Monday 24 September 2018

How Much

Free

More

Meetup Page for the meeting
PHP Usergroup Wellington Meetup page

 

Auckland Star Trek fan group, dinner and film evening – Devonport – 6 October 2018

What

Auckland Star Trek Fan group is a place where fans of the Star Trek universe can meet other Trekkies for conversation, food and video nights Whether you are a fan of TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, DIS, or the fan films all are welcome!

Wow exciting things are happening with our group, with a brand new beautiful venue situated in the picturesque Devonport area. We will be getting together for fun, food and uniformed frivolity in the gorgeous Devonport library. You can have a snack and a Trek chat in the dinning area or put your feet up by the gas fire and watch some on the TV. Nothing compares to watching Star Trek together with a diverse group of Trekkers who love Trek just as much as you.

While we have and still do communicate with our members via email we are now opening it up on Meetup! This means that we are open to new members joining and also that the number attending on our Meetup is not accurate as it does not include our current members who RSVP by email.

This is what will be happening
We will be meeting at the library for our dinner and film evening. From there some of us may decide to buy some takeaways just over the road from one of the nearby shops. We will have dinner in the library. If you want to bring something to eat please bear in mind there are no food heating facilities, sink or utensils so please bring your own plates etc.

When and Where

Saturday 6 October 2018
4pm – 10pm

Devonport Library
2 Victoria Rd
Devonport
Auckland

How Much

A gold coin donation to cover meetup costs is appreciated but not expected

More

Meetup Page for the October 6th event
Auckland Star Trek Meetup

Previewing 2 sessions at USA’s DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 – Wellington – 26 September 2018

What

Christophe de Boeck (Kiwibank) and Dr Cherry Vu & Rob England (Teal Unicorn) are speaking at the upcoming DevOps Enterprise Summit 2018 in Las Vegas!! and they kindly accepted to present their talks in Wellington prior to travel to US!

Please join us next Wednesday 26th!

Talk: Diary of a Servant Leader
Speaker: Christophe de Boeck, Kiwibank
Abstract: When I moved from Ops to Dev in the bank, I expected more of my peers would be open to a different way of working. Unfortunately I noticed a lot of people did not want to own their own work, for various reasons. This presentation is a summary of what I did to make people feel more proud again.

Talk: Crossing the Streams: 2018 is the Year of ITSM/DevOps Crossover
Speakers: Rob England and Cherry Vu, Teal Unicorn
Abstract: The presenters look at what holds ITIL back from more successful transformation of IT work, and how we can help it succeed, as DevOps and ITSM finally converge on each other in the common ground of service operations.

Special thanks to our new sponsor “Deloitte” (https://www2.deloitte.com/nz/en.html) for venue, food and drinks!!!

When and Where

26 September 2018
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Deloitte, Level 12,
20 Customhouse Quay
Wellington

How Much

Free

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Meetup: Previewing two Kiwi sessions at the USA’s Devops Enterprise Summit 2018

Wellington DevOps Group